Has God Redeemed Your Soul from the Power of the Grave?

“I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction! Pity is hidden from my eyes.”  Hosea 13:14.

Hosea 13 vs.14

Grave, she’-ol, Strong’s #7585: The grave, the place of the dead; the netherworld; hell. This term is very broad in that it can speak of the visible grave where dead bodies are laid and the abyss, that unseen world to which the soul departs to in death.

The place is covered with dust Job 17:16; Isaiah 38:10 and the dead there are sometimes spoken of as “shades.” The Jewish idea of shades comes from their underworld existence as “shadows of their former selves”, without blood or breath or soul (נֶפֶשׁ  nephesh), “weak” or “sick” (Isaiah 14:10).

The meaning of “grave” is seen in Genesis 37:35; 42:38; and 1 Kings 2:6. Many Scriptures speak about She’-ol Ps.9:17;16:10;55:15;139:8;Isa.14:9-11.

The assumed root of She’-ol is sha’-al, “to ask, demand, require.”  Therefore  “hell” is hungry, is greedy devourer of humanity, is never full or satisfied, but is always asking for more (Proverbs 27:20). In our text we have God’s promise that He will save His people from the power of She’-ol.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    May 02, 2013 @ 03:29:50

    You have reminded me of one of my favorite Psalms, Manny.

    A Psalm of David.

    Psalm 103

    1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
    2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    And forget none of His benefits;
    3 Who pardons all your iniquities,
    Who heals all your diseases;
    4 Who redeems your life from the pit,
    Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
    5 Who satisfies your years with good things,
    So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

    This is not the entire Psalm, but verse 4 tells us that God “redeems your life from the pit.” (I wonder what the Hebrew word for “the pit” is.)

    He deals with our sins first, then our diseases, and then He redeems us.

    What a great and merciful God He is!!!

    Thanks for another informative word study.

    God’s blessings…


  2. Mannyr
    May 02, 2013 @ 18:25:49

    Friday’s post will be on this interesting word. Thank you for your question, yes I totally agree “What a great and merciful God.”


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